UC Davis Zine Pushes Back on Prison Clichés

You might suppose that Beyond the Stats (BTS) wants to explode narratives and assumptions. As the name implies, the collective of formerly incarcerated and system-impacted students at the University of California at Davis works to defy statistical trends vis-à-vis scholastic achievement after prison. Their most recent tactic? Zines, of course.

“We started the zine as a way for us to tell our own stories, beyond research or statistics,” said BTS co-founder Tina Curiel-Allen. “We try to have the zine also be a critique of the systems that created the social problems we are products of.”